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Indexes represent the average performance of a group of shares, usually the largest shares in a market ranked by capitalisation (total value).

Each index will tend to track the overall performance of the bulk of the total value of that market. Products based on indexes, like spread betting, Contracts for Difference or Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) represent a good way for investors to proxy an entire market without having to buy individual shares.

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Stuart Fieldhouse

Stuart Fieldhouse has spent over 20 years in journalism and financial communications, including six years as a wealth management correspondent for the Financial Times group, covering capital markets and international private banking, and as an investment banking correspondent for Euromoney in Hong Kong.

Stuart has worked as head of content at CMC Markets, supporting the re-launch of its global financial spread betting and CFD trading platforms. He is also the author of two books on trading, published by Financial Times Pearson. Stuart continues to work with hedge funds, private banks, stock exchanges and other financial institutions on their communications, data and marketing requirements.

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